Defeat in Wetzlar: I never got into the regular pace game

Gummersbach – VfL Gummersbach is defeated by HSG Wetzlar after a mixed performance – “RPP – Outpatient Therapy and Rehabilitation Center” and AggerEnergie present a report on VfL Gummersbach.​​​​​​​

by Uli Klein

Just a few weeks ago, there was no doubt that the Gummersbach handball players would go to the away match in Wetzlar as clear favorites. However, a lot has changed since mid-September: although VfL in the Handball Bundesliga continues to have an exceptionally strong season, a lot has happened for the hosts from Hesse in the last few months.

[VfL-Coach Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson verzweifelte an den Fehlern seiner Spieler.]

To put it simply: after a disastrous false start in the new season with a result of 0:8 and several strong blows, HSG caught up and set course for the middle of the table.

Moreover, a real coup occurred at the beginning of October, when the “big” THW Kiel was eliminated from the DHB Cup – even away at the fjord.

It was therefore clear that the Oberbergische in Hesse could face a stressful evening on Monday. And actually it ended unpleasantly for Oberbergische. The favored VfL had to admit defeat against the strong HSG.


HSG Wetzlar – VfL Gummersbach 33:31 (17:13).

Frank Carstens summed it up well. “I think we brought a little more emotion into the match today than our opponents,” said HSG coach Wetzlar, explaining his boys’ somewhat surprising 33-31 (17-13) home victory on Monday evening over a team that had previously played so strongly in VfL’s recent run. Gummersbach.

[Vom Siebenmeterstrich eine Bank: Milos Vujovic.]

Of course, this was only part of the truth. VfL captain Julian Köster, in an interview after a thrilling 60 minutes at the Buderus Arena in Wetzlar, highlighted another important aspect of the painfully unnecessary industrial accident from Gummersbach’s perspective: “We failed.” Put up as strong a defense as in the last two games.

But even this assessment only partially explained the defeat of the white and blue team. On the contrary, after convincing performances in the recent past, the Oberbergische team did not perform as well as they recently did in matches against top teams from Berlin and Melsungen. VfL’s arrival in twelfth place in the table started promisingly for Oberbergische. Less than three minutes passed before Giorgi Tkhovrebadze and Ole Pregel scored quickly to make it 0-2, but this initial phase was by no means intended to dictate the overall direction of the game.

[Lenny Rubin war in der ersten Hälfte nicht zu stoppen für Gummersbachs Defensive.]

On the contrary, Wetzlar quickly equalized (2-2) and then took control of the match at an early stage. It went like this: While the hosts fought hard, the unpleasant bug of neglect quickly took root among the guests. In defense, they had no access at all – neither to Lenny Rubin nor Stefan Cavor, and they were unable to effectively prevent passes to the circle. The middle block was only partially standing.

And since they also lacked rebounds from the post and crossbar or goalkeepers Rebmann (6 interventions) and Ivanisevic (4 interventions) in only half a dozen minutes each in the first 30 minutes, it was hardly surprising that the hosts had one after less than 25 minutes and had gained an advantage of 14 :11. Also because, in addition to their defensive deficiencies, the Gummersbachers have also repeatedly revealed surprisingly remarkable deficiencies in their forward movement.

[In den Schlusssekunden kam es noch zu einer kleinen Rudelbildung, die aber ohne Konsequenzen blieb.]

County runners Ellidi Vidarsson and Kristjan Horzen failed several times on the best opportunities, while their colleagues also proved to be late shooters when it came to premium opportunities. Moreover, “we managed to take away the pace of the game from VfL,” Rubin explained as we approached half-time.

Despite this, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson’s team managed to get closer to the hosts again. Midway through the second half of the match, it was not only their turn (23:23/43 and 25:25/49), but they even had the opportunity to take the lead themselves before the decisive moment began. However, the indoor team had long since begun to feel that they were heading for their second home victory of the season and were not willing to let that chance be taken away from them at any cost.

[An den VfL-Fans lag die Niederlage am wenigsten: Sie sorgten für gute Stimmung in der Buderus Arena.]

On the contrary: HSG caught a second wind, went ahead by 28:25 and when HSG’s reserve goalkeeper Adnan Suljakovic once again spectacularly blocked Gummersbach’s counterattack, the question of the evening’s winners was clarified.

Wetzlar: Lenny Rubin (8), Domen Novak (6/3), Vladimir Vranjes (5), Stefan Cavor (4), Magnus Fredriksen, Emil Mellegard (3 each), Nemanja Zelenovic (2), Rasmus Ejlersen, Hendrik Wagner (1 each ) ).

Gummersbach: Milos Vujovic (11/7), Julian Köster, Giorgi Tskhovrebadze (4 each), Miro Schluroff, Ole Pregel (3 each), Lukas Blohme (2), Ellidi Vidarsson, Dominik Mappes, Kristjan Horzen, Tom Kiesler (1 each) .

Time penalties

6:10 minutes (2x Wagner, Ejlersen – 2x Zeman, Horzen, Vidarsson, Kiesler)

Seven meters

3/4 – 7/7 (Nowak loses because of Ivanisevic – Vujovic probably)




Andre Kolb/Markus Kauth (Taufkirchen/Augsburg)

Results and table

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